Turkish border guards watching bombardments on the Syrian side of the border. File photo
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PARIS – The French Foreign Ministry on Sunday demanded Turkey to halt bombardments of Kurdish areas in Syria.
“France is worried about the deteriorating situation in the region of Aleppo and the north of Syria,” the ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
“We call for the cessation of all bombardments, those of the regime and its allies on the entire territory and those of Turkey in the Kurdish zones.”
The French ministry emphasized that the priority should be “the fight against Islamic State (ISIS)” and “application of agreements” reached by the major powers in Munich earlier on Friday.
This comes after Turkey’s army launched a fierce campaign of bombardments on areas held by the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and allied units of the western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Aleppo.
Kurdish forces and allies from the SDF have driven Islamist rebels from several areas in Syria’s Aleppo province, including the air base of Menagh. Local sources told ARA News that the Turkish bombardments continued over the last two days, causing the death of at least seven Kurdish YPG fighters and 23 civilians, beside the injury of dozens more.
By: Lorin Silo